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The Imam and the Indian: Prose Pieces

Amitav Ghosh (Author)
Synopsis Over the past two decades or so, Amitav Ghosh has enthralled readers with novels and travelogues that have acquired the status of modern classics: The Shadow Lines, In an Antique Land, The Circle of Reason, The Calcutta Chromosome, and The Glass Palace. Much less known is the fact that, simultaneously, over all these years, Amitav Ghosh has been writing non-fictional prose - reflective essays, activist pieces, political commentary, book reviews, autobiographical articles, academic expositions, translations from Bengali, and literary anthropology. Here, for the first time, is as complete a collection as can be made of the prose which reveals that relatively unknown Amitav Ghosh: the novelist as thinker, the man of ideas as a writer of luminous, illuminating non-fiction. This considerable and distinguished body of writing has appeared sporadically and been scattered within periodicals and magazines, learned journals and academic books. It has never been available as a single body of ideas, as the large and singular bedrock upon which Amitav Ghosh’s fictional imagination has drawn. Readers of these wonderful essays will discover that - to quote the novelist himself - 'despite the difference in form and diction, they share with my fiction certain characteristic subjects and concerns'. Ghosh's concerns here, as in his novels, are with exploring the connection between past and present, between events and memories, and between people, cultures and countries that have shared a past. India and Egypt, Islam and Hinduism, the Mughal Emperor Babur and the would-be empress Indira Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore's Bengal and Agha Shahid Ali's Kashmir, the novel and history, fundamentalism and cosmopolitanism, migration and diaspora - all these themes come alive in the essays of one of the most lucid and captivating writers of modern times.
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About the author

Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and spent his childhood in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and northern India. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Egypt and has taught in a number of Indian and American Universities. He is the author of three previous, highly acclaimed novels: The Calcutta Chromosome, the Shadow Lines and The Glass Palace. He is married and lives in New York.

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Title The Imam and the Indian: Prose Pieces
Author Amitav Ghosh
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8175300582
length xvi+361p., Notes; 23cm.